I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend, despite the less than idyllic weather on Friday. I didn't mind it though. Hurricane Arthur brought us some much needed rain as the garden's been so dry lately. Everything will grow by leaps and bounds in the coming days.
This past week, I picked my fennel as they were starting to bolt. I'm sure the dry hot weather had something to do with it. It was still tasty though.
The shell peas are finally making their way into the kitchen. These ended up in a pasta fagioli soup.
Most of my artichoke plants are producing buds now. I think I'll pick a few more and then let the rest develop into full flowers and go to seed. The birds should enjoy that.
And the summer squash continues to roll in everyday. We've eaten our fill and given many of them away. Now it's time to think about preserving some for the winter. I think I'll dust off the dehydrator.
I'm starting to pick my currents. Ideally, I would pick them when they are perfectly ripe. Unfortunately, the birds don't pay any regard to my wishes. And so, I have to pick them while I still can. I think in the end, we'll still get a decent crop.
We've had a pretty good Fava bean harvest so far this year. I could eat them everyday and not get tired of them. Next year, I'd like to grow even more. To that end, I've left unpicked a few plants from which I'll save seed for next year.
I can't claim this particular harvest but I wanted to showcase some of the beautiful eggs we've been getting from our neighbor lately. Maybe next year, we can get a few hens ourselves.
Finally, I've started to pick some flowers for the house, like these sweet peas. I've never grown them before, but can honestly say that they've earned a permanent place in the garden. Their scent is intoxicating, like some of the sweetest roses and lilacs you've ever smelled.